5 Way Junction to Air Putih (3-4 hours, blue/green trail)
There are many ways to arrive at 5 Way Junction, see elsewhere in the website. The trail described here starts at 5 Way Junction and follow the same way as described in the Second Trail to Sungai Pinang (Blue trail). So, after 5 Way Junction follow the road until the first major junction, a wide dirt road (left) and follow this further up to the main 4 Way Junction at the pass.
Now here you can enter the valley to your left. I've tried several ways but could not find a way out. So for this trail I wanted to try the opposite hill range and see if there would be a nice trail leading to Air Putih.
After the 4 Way Junction I passed the water tank but views were mostly blocked by trees. A little further I could make some better photos.
On arrival of the hill range to my left, I left the main road which now would become a proper first narrow, later wider) asphalt road. I followed the path to my left. The path was nice and easy to follow. There were a few minor junctions leading to vegetable fields (keep twice left but in case of doubt, just follow the PTAC paper markers).
The path turns right and starts descending quite a bit. It follows the hill slope. On arrival on the other side, you will find another junction. Keep left and descend further to some farmer huts. This is about 15-20 minutes after leaving the main road.
After the huts the trail starts to become much overgrown and soon gets smaller until it is not quite clear where to go. The situation is that you have arrived at an impossible junction where both paths don't seem to exist. Nothing is further from the truth. Just continue right and a step down and follow the now single lane trail which is overgrown but easy to walk
Several minutes later you arrive at what looks like an impossible to take block of cut down trees. At first it looks like going down is a possible option but I didn't like the steepness and slippery of the trail. So I gave the blocked area another view and found that it was very EASY to climb over the fallen trees!
Minutes later I crossed a small stream which I had heard for some time now. After the bridge it was all very easy. The cement path, though here and there a little steep lead me quickly to first a metal bridge (to the right) and a nice new build house.
The road seem to end here and seem to continue further down. However, you have to pass the house and you're only a few minutes walk from the Ratanagiri Bhavanarama (Forest Meditation Resort) junction.
At this point you can decide to continue walking uphill to Balik Pulau or turn right to Air Putih which is about 20 minutes away.
Once you arrive at the forest edge, cross the construction area. Stay on the main road and don't go to the water tower. Once you're out of the construction area, turn right and follow the road out to the main Air Putih road. A couple of blocks further on the road, there's a nice Pedal Cafe on your left side where John Cheong offer some good food and excellent coffee with cheese cakes.
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Special Hiking Tours in Penang
Join us on our special hiking tours in Penang. We will bring you around in the jungle of the Botanical Gardens. Our tours include:
Hiking to Tiger Hill and Penang Hill
This is a reasonable popular hiking trail in the hills. The trek takes about 3-4 hours to Tiger Hill and another to Penang Hill.
Air Itam and the Old Ridge Path
Another trail to Tiger Hill following the Air Itam side of the hills towards the Old Ridge Path from where you can hike further to Tiger Hill, Balik Pulau or back to Air Itam via 5 Way Junction
5 Way Junction to Balik Pulau
This is, if you can't find the right trail, a very crazy trail. Take the right trail and it takes 3 hours, the wrong trail takes almost double. Here's the story:
5 Way Junction to Sungai Pinang (red trail)
This is a slightly difficult to find. The key in this hike is to follow the main trails and keep going down. It's a scenic trek through cultivated land and secondary rainforest to durian plantations. A great trail!
Hiking to Ngoh Han Hill and Ngoh Han Hill Temple
This 3-4 hours hike is a great alternative if you don't want to do the Tiger Hill hike but still want your adventure in the hills of Penang and find some awesome jungle waterfalls.
Air Itam Dam to Balik Pulau
This is an interesting option. The trail can easily be cycled and hiked. You'll pass beautiful tropical rainforest and cultivated areas with fruit farms, a wonderful day out in the heart of Penang with an option to visit the Ngoh Han Temple with spectacular views to Balik Pulau.
Kek Lok Si to Old Ridge Path via rain gauges 28 & 29
This is a very challenging trail with a 2 hour climb to rain gauge 29, the highest point in this trail (almost as high as Penang Hill). The trail goes through secondary rainforest on very good paths.